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2021 AIATSIS Summit


The AIATSIS National Native Title Conference and the National Indigenous Research Conference will be held together over five days.

We are offering a range of flexible registration packages.

Keep up to date here.


Taking control of our heritage


The Taking Control of our Heritage – Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference is a place for Traditional Owners to meet and their allies to meet, discuss, and develop programs, strategies and ideas to take control of their Cultural Heritage in Australia.

You can attend both the digital event on 26 November 2020 and physical conference on 15-17 March 2021. Register here.


Wake up and smell the smoke

Across Western Australia, Indigenous fire management practices and cultural burning principles are becoming more widely recognised and included in fire management regimes. In the state’s southeast, the Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation is working with stakeholders to bring cultural burning principles to the forefront of bushfire management.

Fire, Indigenous knowledge, Land and sea management, Rangers / caring for country

Native title determinations in north-west Kimberley region

The Warrwa and Nyikina native title holders have been formally recognised as traditional owners after the Federal Court endorsed three determinations of native title. The Warrwa and Nyikina traditional owners are now recognised as having both exclusive and non-exclusive native title rights and interests over approximately 8,874 square kilometres of land and waters in the north-west Kimberley region. 

Exclusive possession native title, Non-exclusive possession

Giving voice to a long journey

It has been a long journey from the High Court’s Mabo decision in June 1992 that gave rise to native title for Indigenous Australians and rendered terra nullius a legal fiction. The release on Saturday of an interim report on an Indigenous voice to give the nation’s 800,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a stronger input to government on issues that affect them is a further important step.


Lake Torrens on track to become next Juukan Gorge

Premier and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Steven Marshall granted Kelaray, a subsidiary of Argonaut Resources, the ability to complete mineral exploration at the lake with consideration to environmental guidelines. The approval was a granted between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Lake Torrens, despite being a sacred site, does not have Native Title protections. Despite having multiple claims to the site, a 2016 court case determined that no Aboriginal group would have their Native Title rights recognised.


Ngurrara Rangers manage Country alongside Traditional Owners

Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation’s Ngurrara Rangers are working alongside Traditional Owners to care for Ngurrara Country through their fire management plan. The Ngurrara rangers care for Ngurrara Country which includes Warlu Jilajaa Jumu Indigenous protected area and the Great Sandy Desert. It is one of the biggest Native Title claims in the nation.

Indigenous knowledge, Rangers / caring for country

Aboriginal trainees and apprentices to benefit from housing in Kununurra

Aboriginal trainees can now live near where they work or train thanks to the leasing of five State Government dwellings in Kununurra. The three houses and two units will enable the Yawoorroong Miriuwung Gajerrong Yirrgeb Noong Dawang Aboriginal Corporation (MG Corporation) to accommodate up to 10 trainees and apprentices.

Community development, Government, Training

Shire of Derby/West Kimberley try to push Bunuba man off Country despite Native Title rights

A Native Title holder has been asked to remove his dwelling from his Native Title land, which the local council said in a Notice to Remove was public land, a claim that the local Prescribed Body Corporate disputes. Patrick Green is Bunuba man from the Kimberly region of Western Australia, near the Martuwarra/Fitzroy River. He recently decided to move out of the town and get back onto Country, settling on a patch of land about five kilometres west of Fitzroy Crossing, with sea containers and small sheds as dwellings.

Land rights, Native title holder

Share Native title agreement secures future for Yinggarda people and expands Gascoyne food bowl

A new native title agreement is set to deliver economic benefits for the Gascoyne region’s Yinggarda people and the local horticultural industry. The agreement will support the Yinggarda people in planning for their economic future and protect culturally significant areas.

Agreements, Commercial development, Community development